Slip, Trip & Fall Injuries
Slips, trips, and falls account for a surprising number of severe injuries each year. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits annually, making them the leading cause of hospital visits. Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls. NFSI also reports that slips and falls are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 15-24.
A significant portion of these injuries can and should be avoided. Many times they are caused by easily cured hazards, such as un-cleaned spills, uneven surfaces, poor lighting, unsecured cords, rugs, and carpets, unmarked changes in elevation, or building code violations.
Under Florida law, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn others of hidden dangers. This is true for those who maintain and operate stores, residential commercial complexes, restaurants, and other businesses which are open to the public.
If you or a loved one have been needlessly injured in a slip, trip, or fall incident, contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. Or, you can complete our Free Case Evaluation Form and we will contact you.